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    July 9, 2011
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the motorola expert from sprint. its powerful tools help you work faster and smarter so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it lets you access business forms on the go, fire off e-mails with the qwerty keypad, and work securely around the world so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it's the android-powered phone that mixes business with pleasure. so let's get our work done, america, so we can all get back to playing "angry birds." the motorola expert from sprint. trouble hearing on the phone? visit sprintrelay.com. remembering betty ford. a first lady who fought for
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women's rights and broke new ground in the battle against chemical addiction. we have a live report in just a moment. rising unemployment is the battle over the debt ceiling potentially keeping employers from hiring? on the outs after the verdict. casey anthony rejects her mother's request to see her. we are live in orlando with that and a look at where casey is headed after being released next weekend. cheaters beware. your spouse could release a gps to catch you in the act, but is that legal? good morning, everyone. welcome to "msnbc saturday." i'm alex witt. it is past is 11:00 a.m. in the east, 8:00 a.m. out west. we start with betty ford who described herself as an ordinary woman called on stage at an extraordinary time. mrs. ford is remembered today as anything but ordinary. she died yesterday in california at the age of 93 and says she didn't know what she was getting into when she became first lady. with more now on how she made the role her own. we are going live to aditi roy live outside the eisenhower
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medical center. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you as well, alex. yes, betty ford did pass away here at the eisenhower medical center yesterday. we are not sure how long she was at the hospital before she passed away. but we should learn more at a news conference later on this afternoon. in the meantime, we understand that her four children, three sons and a daughter are traveling to this area to make the necessary funeral arrangements. among those making statements is president obama. as our nation's first lady, she was a powerful advocate for women's health and women's rights. after leaving the white house, mrs. ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. indeed the betty ford center is just part of the former first lady's lasting legacy. the center has served more than 90,000 people since she co-founded it in 1982.
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her candor was a trademarked quality. she also talked openly about being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a ma stektmy shortly after her husband became president. betty ford was a champion of women's rights strongly supporting the equal rights amendment. she was also known for her wit and class. she was an accomplished dancer who performed with an august skillry group. they were here for 35 years. his funeral services back in 2006 were held at st. margaret's episcopal church before he was laid to rest at his presidential library in michigan. expect to hear much more on her funeral arrangements at a press conference later this afternoon. it is so clear that betty ford indeed lived a very rich and full 93 years. job members are casting doubt on the fragile economic
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u.s. recovery. hiring was virtually flat in june and unemployment rose for the third month in a row. unemployment ticked up to 9.2%, 14 million americans are without jobs. half of them for six months or many more. steve liesman told me earlier there's no silver lining in the numbers anywhere. >> what happened essentially is that this jobs report came over and poured a big bucket of cold water on quick hopes of a recovery. it tells you there was a slowdown and the word used was a standstill in hiring that happened in may and june. what we are going to be looking for next week is the beginning of earnings season. they will try to see if in this company companies can make money again. >> steve said many are looking for the confidence to start hiring. it is a working weekend for congress right now struggling to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling. crucial negotiations on a possible deal will take place at the white house tomorrow.
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this is what the president said on the talks this morning. >> we agree on some of the big things. we agreed that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to get our fiscal house in order. we agreed in order to do that both sides have to step outside of their comfort zones and make some political sacrifices. and we agree that we simply cannot afford to default on our national obligations for the first time in our history. >> well, joining me now, white house correspondent, mike sri caro viquero, good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> reporter: the president is talking about u.s. debt here at the white house as well as this being limited to the shores. it will have ripple effects around the world. now republican leaders like john boehner say we have to get this done. august 2nd is the deadline by which the debt ceiling needs to
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be raised. all sides also buy into the fact that spending is going to have to be cut. that's the predicate laid down by republicans. the white house is on board, but the devil as nancy pilosi said yesterday, is in the dirty, rotten details. republicans have drawn a line in the sand around taxes saying no how, no way. taxeses won't be raised in any shape, way or form to cut deficit or to cut the size of government. that's not the answer now, especially given the jobs report yesterday raising taxes, i should say raising taxes, republicans say no way. that's not what we need to do in this economy. democrats, meanwhile, have drawn their own line in the sand around programs like social security and medicare. a real revolt now. it is on the table as far as the white house and negotiators are concerned. some adjustments and changes, but a lot of democrats say to keep your hand off social security and medicare. that's the context of heading into this weekend.
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given today by a house republican leader named kathy mcmorris rodgers has this to say. >> it has to be accompanied by serious spending cuts and reforms. to be truly serious, these cuts should exceed the amount by which president obama wants the debt limit increased. and there can be no tax hikes on families and small businesses. >> reporter: you remember on thursday the president entering the final stages of the negotiations now, a critical weekend, he had eight leaders of the senate here in the white house. he gave us this charge, we'll let our staff work throughout the weekend and come back here on sunday with our bottom line proposals. that meeting set for 6:00 tomorrow night here at the white house, alex. >> okay. any chance the white house -- does the white house put out anything at this point suggesting an agreement could be reached during tomorrow's
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negotiations? >> reporter: well, they are trying to tap down expectations. first of all, there's no guarantee they are going to come together. taxes are the big stumbling block here. if you raise examinations too high, the markets are watching this closely. if they fall short on sunday, the market reacts poorly. the president has a $4 trillion proposal on the table cutting the spending by $4 trillion over 10 to 12 years. that's a significant proposal. some say historic. >> mike, thank you for that. the debt ceiling talks are on the table of discussion tomorrow when secretary treasury tim geithner appears on "meet the press." check local listings to see when this airs in your air area. leon panetta is in kabul for meetings with officials and american commanders. on the plane from washington panetta told reporters al qaeda could be on the verge of defeat. we are in kabul, afghanistan, good morning to you, atia.
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is secretary pa at the time in panetta sounding very upbeat here? >> reporter: it sound that way. he did speak to reporters saying al qaeda was -- the strategic defeat of al qaeda was within reach. he talked about finding the treasure-trove of information in the compound. that bin laden was hiding out there. including 10 to 20 names of key leaders of al qaeda, whether they be in yemen, somalia, pakistan or north and central africa. but on this trip in afghanistan panetta is expected to meet with his counterpart, the defense ministry in afghanistan, and he is also expected to have a press conference with the afghan president, hamid karzai. aside from that, the most important part of the visit is talking to the u.s. commanders on the ground here in afghanistan, talking to the u.s. servicemen and women as well who are fighting the fight within the country.
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right now the strategic time within the war and afghanistan, the president announced the withdrawal plan by the end of this year. 10,000 americans are supposed to leave the country by the end of next year. he's hoping another $23,000 by next year. right now the time for secretary panetta to talk to the commanders here, to the afghan government here, to see how to transition the authority they have in afghanistan back to the afghan people. >> do you think the key to targeting al qaeda is all the information taken from osama bin ladin's compound on may 2nd? >> reporter: well, that's the big question. did bin laden have that much of an effect left on al qaeda? many people say he did not, there are other key leaders throughout the world operating on behalf of al qaeda. but when you look at afghanistan himself, the whole war began
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looking for bin laden and trying to defeat al qaeda. when you talk the commanders and here, they will say al qaeda doesn't have much of a role in afghanistan anymore. right now the leadership is said to be cut into and taking over for osama bin laden. >> thank you, atia. a surprise move by casey anthony just days before being released from the florida county jail. let's go to lily aluciano with more on this story. >> reporter: as we wrap up, we have been come to be known as camp casey across the street from the courthouse. she will be a free woman within eight days. no one is wondering what she will do, will she make her
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newfound money, but she won't reconcile with her family. yesterday during the day her mother requested a visit to take place at 7:00 p.m. alex, casey anthony refused to see cindy. this is the second time in justless than two months a request has been made by cindy anthony. those tapes were presented from back in 2009 during the trial. so they were worried or weary about the things she would say. now the trial is passed. casey anthony is practically a free woman. she simply wants nothing to do with her family at this point. >> lily, we are not too surprised by that, but thank you very much. still ahead, he's one angry ice cream truck driver and it all has to do with his musical truck. and the latest weapon to prove infidelity.
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well, we all know the music is enough to drive you nuts, and apparently it is bad enough for a fine. a massachusetts ice cream man was issued a $100 ticket for playing his music too loud. gilbert harb parked right next to the stadium where the local high school was having a graduation. he says he's going to fight the fine. >> i'm going to court to speak to the judge to see what he has to say. >> you are going the fight this? >> yes. >> why? >> because i don't believe it is right. >> the town says the music excessive but he's just trying to make a living. well, democrats and
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republicans vote on the disappointing job numbers. meanwhile, this is what president obama says about the meek 18,000 jobs added in june. >> the sooner that the markets know that the debt limit ceiling will have been raised and that we have a serious plan to deal with our debt and deficit, the sooner that we give our businesses the certainty that they will need in order to make additional investments to grow and hire. >> joe watkins is a republican strategist and former white house aid to president george w. bush. another good morning to you. >> good morning. >> this time we'll go ladies first, karen. weak job growth isn't just something that happened last month. is the president realistic in blaming it on the debt cerealing? >> i don't think he was blaming it all on the debt ceiling, but the crisis the republicans
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brought us into this debate has not been he'llful. for several months now i work with some of the smaller and larger banks, and they have been saying for a while kind of raising their hand about concerns that even this sort of game of chicken is very dangerous for them because from a business perspective they can't wait until august the 2nd. they have to responsibly plan ahead of time. i think it is not just that, but it certainly contributes to it. the other thing the president made very clear is in addition to these conversations there are some things that congress could do right now as he has pointed out in terms of infrastructure as well as extending the payroll tax that could actually bring some relief right now. >> all right. but what would you have wanted to hear from the president on the jobs numbers, karen? >> i would have wanted to hear a million jobs were created. come on. if we are asking, right? suring of course, we would have
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wanted to hear a better job growth, but again -- look, we have ben bernanke saying i'm out of tricks here in terms of what i can do on the economy. i mean, that tells you we are in a very dire circumstance. that's not a surprise to anyone. and, obviously, having lost millions and millions of jobs during the recession it is going to take some time to get it back. unfortunately, that's just the reality and frankly i appreciate the fact that the president was not trying to put a rosy picture on the reality that it is going to take more time. >> this is why i know all the talk about people not being excited about the republican candidates, here's the real truth. the time for finger pointing is over and people don't dislike president obama. he's popular and somebody that many people admire including me. i'm a great admirer of his. he's an extraordinary man. >> including oran hatch, by the way. he said i like the guy, personally. >> but the challenge becomes
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putting people back to work. i mean, what 9.2% unemployment means in real numbers is somewhere between 13 and 15 million people aren't working. americans are not working. they can't pay their bills. no matter how much they like and admire our president, they want somebody to solve the problem. they are looking seriously at republicans to say, i may not be a republican, but if you can put me back to work and help me pay my bills, i'll give you a chance. that's what they want. at the end of the day they want to pay their bills. >> okay. can i ask you this, joe. michele bachmann made this comment on cnbc yesterday on what the unemployment numbers are doing for her campaign. let's listen to this. >> does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up your chances of winning also go up? >> well, that could be. again, i hope so. my candidacy is one that i'm presenting to be a job creator to turn the economy around. >> there are suggestions that some of the republicans want the
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economy to tank to walk right into the white house come 2012. >> i don't think anybody wants the economy to tank. we all lose if the economy tanks and we all win if the economy gets stronger. clearly the fact that the economy, whatever is being done by this current administration, isn't helping. so because of that people are saying, whoever it is that can give me an answer, i'm willing to listen to. you have a lot of independents, democrats and republicans say put me back to work, give me what i need to work. for small business people, they are saying, for god sakes, don't raise my taxes. >> joe, wait a second. you keep using that line, and i know all republicans have. let's be clear when it comes to small businesses. democrats have been lowering taxes on small businesses for the last two years and republicans were the ones standing in the way of it. this conversation we are having right now about the deficit has nothing to do with families and small businesses. we are talking about the top 2%, the millionaires and billionaires who have jet planes. when you look at the numbers, we need to be honest with the
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american people that part of the reason we are seeing the numbers is when you talk about cutting spending, what does that mean? you cut programs. wait a second, joe. when you cut programs, what does that mean? you cut staff people. people are laid off and out of work. >> karen -- >> let's be honest where the numbers come from. >> you can't talk about the millionaires and those with jet plane because poor people don't hire people, rich people do. you want to make sure the folks that are wealthy are doing well. >> the best way to do that is to give them more confidence and in the market, not play chicken with the debt crisis. >> well, the republicans aren't doing that. we have to work together, karen. you and me. >> i have to wrap this up. thank you, guys, very much. karen finney, joe watkins. we know casey anthony goes free next sunday. but where will she go when she gets out? we'll talk about coming up on "msnbc saturday."
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it is "msnbc saturday."
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i'm alex witt. at 26 past the hour, here are your fast headlines. wisconsin is the 49th state to legalize concealed weapons. yesterday governor scott walker signed the bill to take effect in november. illinois is now the only state that does not allow concealed weapons. a wyoming man is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the killings of his three sons and brother. police say the man also shot and wounded his wife in the massive mobile home. he later surrendered to police. police discovered the bodies of ten men and a woman found shot with high-powered rifles in bex mexico city. given the nature of the violence, police suspect the attack could be tried tied to the drug trade. at the gas pump the average gas price rose to $3.62 a gallon, 5 cents more than last week and 90 cents more than a year ago. and day two for the duke and dutchess of cambridge.
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we'll have more on that in a moment. those are your fast five headlines. the fatal fall of a baseball fan in texas has stunned the nation and is raising new questions about spectator safety. in a moment we'll hear from the player involved in the incident. you're watching "msnbc saturday." you name it. i've tried it. but nothing's helped me beat my back pain. then i tried this. it's salonpas. this is the relief i've been looking for. salonpas has 2 powerful pain fighting ingredients that work for up to 12 hours. and my pharmacist told me it's the only otc pain patch approved for sale using the same rigorous clinical testing that's required for prescription pain medications. proven. powerful. safe. salonpas.
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♪ introducing purina one beyond a new food for your cat or dog. welcome back to "msnbc saturday." i'm alex witt. a texas man is mourning the los of a firefighter who was announced dead after falling at a ballpark earlier this week. he was leaning in to catch a foul ball when he tumbled over a railing falling 20 feet to the ground below. the whole thing happened right in front of his 6-year-old son. nbc's kevin tibbles is joining me now live to talk about this. with a good morning, kevin, so many mentions of tragedy here. his family, loved ones, the rangers baseball fans everywhere, and that son of his. >> reporter: shannon stone's
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community is coming together in the wake of this accident. we all see people leaning in to catch foul balls. in his community there are volunteering to sell and cook to raise money for his family. stone was a career firefighter and is being remembered today for his courage and her for being a wonderful dad. >> we walked into fires together, walked out, did our job, he was a wonderful person. >> he was a great family man. he would bring cooper here on his days off and go to the meetings the chief would have and take his 6-year-old son with him sitting right besides him. >> he went out there every day and put his life on the line for others. i suppose there's some irony there and it makes it so difficult to accept. he did have such a dangerous job and to lose his life in this nature is difficult. >> reporter: and stone actually went out with his son prior to the game starting to purchase a baseball glove. his son wanted to see if he
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could catch a foul ball. unfortunately in this accident, that's what happened. >> he is devastated by this accident. as you said, it is something we are so used to seeing. the major league players toss the ball to the fans, but josh hamilton, this poor guy, how is he dealing with all this? >> reporter: well, josh hamilton was the young boy's idol. the young boy hoped to catch a foul ball thrown to him by hamilton. hamilton is devastated as a result that he's the one that tossed the ball up there. >> let's take a listen to what he had to say about that. >> they were the first ones that i saw. so when i got it, i found them again and threw it in that direction. hearing that little boy screaming for his daddy after he had fallen and then being home with my kids, it really hit home
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last night. >> reporter: now, of course, the texas rangers are also devastated by what has happened. he fell over a 33-inch sort of railing or barrier and fell 20 feet on to some concrete. everything is within code, but the texas rangers are devastated by this including team president nolan ryan, himself and all-star. >> major league baseball releasing a statement as well from just the overall major league baseball saying the utmost sensitivity to the safety of all the fans that come to our ballparks. we will carefully review this incident with our clubs to continue to ensure a safe environment for our fans. do you think that's kind of the end of it, or will bem still be out there to catch the balls? didn't they stop to buy a glove on the way to the event? >> reporter: it is all part of the national past time. you cannot go to a ballpark in
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this country where people are not trying to catch foul balls. whenever a foul ball is caught by a player, you see people leaning over,s to it to me or my son. i have often thought myself when you get up to the second tier in some of the stadiums, could anyone fall over? and it is not the first time it has happened, but this particular time it had a very tragic ending. i'm sure major league baseball, the rangers, not only are they devastated by what has happened, but a lot of people are now looking at making these parks even safer for the fans who go there. >> that's a good thing, certainly. thank you, kevin tibbles. parts of the country are seeing record-setting heat. texas and oklahoma are exceeded the annual average number of 100-degree days and it is only early july. here with your saturday forecast is nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> a great saturday morning to you. continuing to watch the heat, that's the story of the summer. it is not moving. it is centered right over the
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top of texas and oklahoma. the jet stream is far to the north. no relief from cool weather. we would like the see the high drift to the east coast or drift to the west coast, but so far this summer we have been warm on the east and west coast but really hot in the middle. and check out the 100-degree days. oklahoma city has had 19100, 19 100-degree days, well above the average. austin and dallas, well behind at 17 and 14. of course, you expect the desert areas of arizona to have a lot. because of all the dry conditions, the drought is just horrible. historic drought conditions, the deep red is where we have the exceptional drought in pretty much the southern third of the nation under drought conditions. the lakes are even starting to dry up in some cases. your forecast today in the southeast, we'll get a little bit of rainfall late this afternoon with typical thunderstorms. also in the northeast, the midatlantic has a beautiful saturday. we'll watch the northern plains. that's the stormy spot on saturday and sunday. it won't rain all day, but
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around minneapolis up to the dakotas and wisconsin, you could be dodging afternoon storms here and there with the heat continuing near dallas. 100-degree heat continuing today, tomorrow and right into next week with your friends in oklahoma right there with you with at least 100 each and every day. hot conditions, alex. not going anywhere time fast. >> thank you, bill. casey anthony refused a jailhouse visit from her mother just days after being acquitted in murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee. casey declined the request from her mom cindy on friday but accepted a visit from her defense attorney jose baez. what is life going to be like for casey anthony walking out of jail free next sunday? joining me live is kyle hightower. good morning. >> good morning, alex. how are you? >> thank you for asking, i'm fine. what do you think about casey and where she is going to go? we see she won't even talk to her mother, can you imagine she's going to go home to live with her mother and father and
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brother, all of whom were for lack of a better phrase, thrown under the bus during the courtroom trial? >> well, i will just say what one of the sources we talked to for a story said what she could be getting into. and that is the psychologist who told us there's a primitive blood list out there for casey anthony. so whatever her defense attorneys decide for her to do, it is going to require her to avoid some of that out there for her right now. >> is there any idea of where she is going to go? >> everyone is tight-lipped. the corrections department is quiet about the plan for her release. obviously, her defense attorneys have to to be skilled and make a point on what they want to do
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with her. one former public defender who studies these kind of things said they have a plan and they have someone on the defense team who has been doing this for 30 years and is very familiar with the high-profile cases and knows what to do and to have an action plan to put into place. >> i have kind of wondered if there's any place she can go where she's not known with that face, that hair, that name. i mean, from your reporters, is there a discussion on changing her looks and doing what she can to be anything but casey anthony? >> the people we talked to said that's the problem. usually with a high-profile case, sometimes there's a conviction involved and the person has a natural kind of breakaway to be incarcerated where they have time for the public to die down. in this case, she's going straight into the public's eye. if you read any of the stories on facebook or twitter, that feeds into the blood lust our sources are telling us about.
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it is out there. there's not a place in the country she can probably go that people won't recognize her. and part of her condition of her probation is to try to find a job. >> and who is going to hire her? i mean, come on. >> you have to wonder that, absolutely. again, it is a case of, you know, just trying to probably find some location with a general jurisdiction where she can go and maybe it is not as prevalent, but good luck with that. >> well, not only because of the notarity, but i'm not sure she's held down a good job. she was working at universal studios in florida, not so much. anyway, kyle hightower with the a.p. thank you so much. >> no problem. after an eventful nine-day tour of canada, the duke and dutchess of cambridge are on u.s. soil. they are in los angeles for their first trip together in the united states. their agenda includes the charity polo event and a black-tie event. peter alexander is here with
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more. good morning, peter. >> reporter: alex, good morning to you. kate can officially say she's a california girl arriving here yesterday for what is her first ever trip to the united states. of course, with her husband, the prince in tow. then they head up here later today for a polo match known as the sport of kings fittingly. william will participate. kate will hand out the trophy. atrack five, young and glamorous, william and kate finally stepped out onto american soil friday in the city synonymous with celebrity. the first gift, a floral bouquet in red, white and blue. from the start the future king and queen requester given hollywood's motor treatment. their motorcades' movement tracked from the sky. on the ground fans showed up just to get a glimpse. >> we are fascinated with her. she is perfect in our eyes. >> reporter: their three-day trip blends business with pleasure. they will raise money for one of the prince's passions, the conservation of african
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wildlife. >> he has a very event union genuine concern for the environment and conservation and a deep love and affection for the african continent. >> reporter: at the santa barbara grounds, the lawn is ready and william's opponents promise they won't pull any punches on the prince. >> once we are on the field it is competitive, it has to be. >> reporter: on friday the cowboy couple kicked off the calgary stampede wrapped up the honeymoon tour. a flawless first official overseas trip charming admirers every step of the way. tonight the windsors are welcomed by the who's who of hollywood. among the celeb srities at the black-tie affair, nicole kid nan, tom hanks and jennifer lopez. what will the princess wear? the full-length gown inside that clear garment bag could be a sneak peek. the cash-strapped state of california has been eagerly anticipating this chance to play
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host. >> so the royal couple is coming to california for three days. >> reporter: a national tv ad now invites visitors from across the country to come west. >> do they know we have castles? >> reporter: it's not fish and chips but nothing says fine american dining like a dog. and at pinks this is the royal dogs special. far couple's story written in hollywood, now they have the chance to experience the real thing. and the duchess kate is getting a lot of rave reviews for the green dress she wore last night. it was the first time she's worn an american designer on this trip. the dress made by diane vaughan firstenberg. >> our style correspondent peter alexander, thank you. a swing and a misagain and again. big bop right there. the two exchanged some wild swings, but not a single one connected. both were ejected from the game. it was the second time in the inning both benches cleared, but
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cheating spouses in new jersey better watch out. an appeal's court has ruled that placing a gps tracking device in a family car does not constitute an invasion of privacy. and some married people in the state say they are all for it. the case stems from a lawsuit filed by a man whose wife divorced him for cheating after she put the tracking device in his car to keep tabs on his whereabouts. in other words, busted. now whether you drive or take mass transit to get around, you may have noticed a series of mysterious looking symbols popping up on billboards or adds in buses and subways. here's a full graphic of what they look like.
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they look a little odd, kind of like an alien marking. it looks like a bar code on steroids, but it is actually called a qr code, it stands for quick response. designed to give people a fast way to access information on the web by using cell phones. i'm joined now by sam little. good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to show you what sam brought. he brought a magazine. take a look at this. you see it there, see the little bar code there. there it is right there. that's what you would do. the way i got word of this is i have a business card here from a friend of mine who has a start-up company helping women recovering from breast cancer, a very cool thing. she hands this to me and i go, what is that? so here's what the symbol looks like when it is blown up. i'm going to have my director put that up. if you point, as i understand it, you point like an iphone or something that reads this -- >> you need a special app for your phone, but they are free and there are a million different kinds of them. use the camera on your phone,
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snag it, use it and it will take you to their website. >> point it right there and it will take you right to a website. >> it takes two seconds to bring you right there. really the purpose is to stop you from having to type in whatever dot com which may take 30 seconds extra. >> wow, an extra 30 seconds. how did this get developed? >> it was developed by toyota but came out with advertisers making it easy for them to say, here, buy a pair of shoes or bra or whatever. scan this thing with your phone. that was really what pushed it out everywhere. you seem to see these everywhere now. >> here's my question, are theyless hackable, if you will? will they do anything to increase security? >> there's no security increase or concern there. there's nothing to identify you or be traced back to you. i wouldn't worry. if you put your own information into one, that's your
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prerogative. but it is not a tracking device or anything like that. >> i heard a bizarre story biza people are getting tattoos of these on their bodies. and bizarre as that may sound, might we use this to do sort of a personal identification down the road? i know i'm getting into some strange things here. i mean -- >> i think if we were ever in the strange world and people were getting tracked like that, it would be something embedded in your skin. but i wouldn't worry about this. >> this is very big in japan. >> it's taken off elsewhere in the world. in the u.s., people think what is this strange box? and it hasn't really become very main stream, i don't think. but in japan, yeah, huge. >> good. thanks to sam biddle of gizmo. up next, a seen called
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carmageddon. we'll explain here on msnbc saturday. [ female announcer ] ever wish vegetables didn't taste so vegetably? well, v8 v-fusion juice gives you a full serving of vegetables, plus a full serving of fruit. but it just tastes like fruit. and try our deliciously refreshing v8 v-fusion + tea.
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a car catastrophe is going to put the brakes on l.a.'s busiest highway next weekend. a ten-mile stretch of 405 is going to be shut down for 53 hours. to coax residents off the road, they've produced a psa with eric estrada. >> the weekend of july 16 and 17, a ten-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed from the 10 to the 101 freeway. so plan ahead. avoid the area. or just stay home. >> that was ponch. the lapd has reached out to lady gaga and other celebrities to tweet about the closure. joining me now, the metro transportation reporter with the l.a. times. good morning. >> good morning.
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thanks for having us. >> i'm glad you're here, because it's all people are talking about. i was watching some video from knbc locally, the carmageddon, are they overstating the impact or do you think it's going to be a mess? >> well, i think what's happening is that all of our public officials and agencies are preparing for the absolute worst, as they should be. they're going way out of their way, and doing as best they can to do their due diligence to prepare for miles and miles of backup, for an emergency, and any particular locale and things of that nature. a lot of transportation experts will think we might wind up with a similar situation to the '84 olympics, when we thought traffic was going to be jammed all over the place. in reality, what we had was we had the best freeway driving then that ever occurred in the city.
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and my guess is that we're going to probably have something in the middle. we're not going to have a super, super catastrophic situation, things aren't going to be completely free flowing, either. we're going to wind up somewhere in the middle. >> okay. and they want celebrities to tweet about it to make sure word gets out? they're not asking lady gaga to give directions around the 405. >> i hope they're not asking lady gaga to give directions around the 405. i think they're just trying to get the word out as best they can. they've got eric estrada, ashton kuchar sent out an interesting tweet about this. they've got it on bill boards from the california border with oregon, all the way down south. >> we're getting word out, you're getting word out. i'm going to be out there next weekend. so i'm going to call in and talk
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about this carmageddon. thanks for joining us. we have to wrap it up. and that is a wrap of msnbc saturday coverage. we'll have more news in about 30 minutes or so. eye bell be back with you for that. i do believe it's part of a locust. make sure your alignments good. your brakes are good. you've got all sorts different things that you check off. your fluid levels. pretty much everything you could need. it gets done. it gets done quickly. and it gets done correctly. the works fuel saver package, just $29.95 or less after rebate. only at your ford dealer. you're a doctor. you're a car doctor. maybe a car doctor.
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